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Phone: 724-934-0034
7500 Brooktree Road
Suite 207

Pennsylvania 15090
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Target demographics: raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and save lives

Direct beneficiaries per year: tens of thousands of people with information resources, thousands with an online community, and dozens of survivors and family members with workshops

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: 1. A comprehensive information clearinghouse on sudden cardiac arrest
2. An online community for people personally affected by SCA to share experiences and provide mutual support;
3. An online registry of SCA survivors;
4. Educational materials targeted to secondary schools and colleges.

The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about SCA and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA. Specifically, we envision that our efforts will help:

1. Increase the rate of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from 30% to 50% within 5 years;
2. Increase the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places within 5 years (increase from <5% to 10%);
3. Increase the use of mild therapeutic hypothermia to improve brain function for survivors of sudden cardiac arrest;
4.Increase the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) for primary and secondary prevention of SCA;
4. Double the average rate of survival to hospital discharge within 10 years (increase from 10% to 20%).

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As a SCA survivor, June 27, 2013, I owe my life to my son who did CPR on me until the paramedics got there and to the paramedics who continued CPR when they could not shock my heart back into a beat, until I got to the hospital. If it wasn't for them, the doctors at the hospital, and God I would not... more »
I have worked for more than a decade on raising awareness for sudden cardiac arrest and its impact on our communities. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has been tireless in its energy and efforts to educate and inspire. Their SCA Survivor Network is a constant source of inspiration for ... more »
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